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A snapshot guide to Liverpool

Liverpool

The birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is one of the UK’s most desirable places to visit – home to two Premier League football clubs, Aintree Racecourse where the Grand National takes place each April, and it was nominated as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. Famous for its unmistakable port area, featuring the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street, Liverpool’s status as a port city has attracted a diverse population over the years, drawn from a wide range of peoples, cultures and religions. It is home to the oldest Black African community in the country, as well as the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

Liverpool’s history means that there’s a variety of architectural styles found within the city, ranging from 16th century Tudor buildings to modern-day contemporary architecture. There’s a great number of public sculptures, and more Georgian houses than the city of Bath! The value of Liverpool’s architecture and design was recognised in 2004 when several areas throughout the city were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those with an appreciation for architecture flock to see Speke Hall, Croxteth Hall, Woolton Hall, the city’s two cathedrals and West Tower, Liverpool’s tallest building. Perhaps the most familiar of them all, however, is the Royal Liver Building, which stands proudly at the Pier Head.

Liverpudlians (or ‘scousers’, as they are more commonly known) have a reputation for creating internationally-respected music, art and literature, and Liverpool has produced some huge stars, from Cilla Black to The Searchers. The Cavern Club, where many of the city’s biggest talents performed, still stands. You can also pay a visit to Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tate Liverpool and The Empire Theatre for the best that the city has to offer when it comes to music, art and performing arts. Plus, a visit to this lively metropolis is not complete without sampling its varied nightlife. Concert Square, St Peter’s Square and the adjoining Seel, Duke and Hardman Streets are home to some of Liverpool’s most notorious nightclubs, while Matthew Street and the Gay Quarter boast some of the best gay bars and live music venues.

Transport in Liverpool is primarily centred on the city’s road and rail networks, both of which are extensive and provide links across the UK. Liverpool also has an extensive public transport system comprising buses, trains and ferries. Why not take the world-famous ferry across The Mersey, like in the well-known song? Additionally, the city also has an international airport, named after one of the city’s most popular exports… John Lennon, of course!

In Liverpool, primary and secondary education is available in various forms supported by the state including secular, Church of England, Jewish and Roman Catholic. The Liverpool Blue Coat School is the city’s top-performing school. There are also three universities, the University of Liverpool being the first university to offer degrees in biochemistry, architecture, civic design, veterinary science, oceanography and social science.

As a port city, Liverpool has a history in handling general cargo, freight and raw materials such as coal and cotton, as well as being home to a number of shipping companies. But, in line with much of the rest of the UK, Liverpool’s economy today is dominated by service sector industries, both public and private. This includes public administration, education, health, banking, finance and insurance sectors. And the tourism and leisure industries remain of significance – Echo Arena attracts music fans in their droves while Liverpool One shopping centre has helped Liverpool become one of the top retail destinations in the UK. The port continues to house UK headquarters of many shipping companies including NYK and Maresk, while car manufacturing takes place at the Jaguar Land Rover Halewood plant, where the Range Rover Evoque is assembled. 

As for house prices, the overall average price last year was £171,217, which is a fall of 1.32 per cent in the last few months. Now might be the time to buy?